: Poland wants to exhume remains of Smolensk crash victims

12:57 Jun. 22, 2016

Poland wants to exhume remains of Smolensk crash victims

People carry portraits of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, wife Maria and 94 other victims of the presidential plane crash in Smolensk, Russia (AP photo)

Warsaw re-launched investigation into the 2010 tragedy which killed country's president and top officials

Prosecutor's Office of Poland wants to exhume the remains of all the 96 victims of the presidential Tu-154 crash near Russia's Smolensk, including President Lech Kaczynski and his wife.

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The issue was discussed at a meeting of the Deputy Prosecutor General Marek Pasionek with the members of the victims' families, according to Yevropeyska Pravda with the reference to the local newspaper Na Temat.

The meeting was closed to the media. According to the participants, Pasionek promised a dynamic investigation into the air disaster and talked about the exhumation.

It is also known the meeting was attended by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice party and the brother of the late president. Kaczynski, reportedly, did not speak out against the exhumation.

Prosecutors insist on the exhumation of the remains for a thorough probe into the cause of death, as previous investigation contained errors. In addition, it is known that some of the victims were buried under the wrong names.

At the same time, not all the relatives of the victims agree, saying it hurts their dignity.

Earlier Gazeta Polska reported that in September 2010 Russian authorities placed the remains of a different person in the coffin of the last Polish president in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, who also died in the Smolensk crash.

Six years after the tragedy, Poland hopes the new investigative committee will be able to uncover the truth of what happened in Smolensk on April 10, 2010.


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